Our vision is “IT Delivered: Functional – Reliable – Secure.” This statement underlies the entire operational framework and serves as the focal point for everything we do in 5th Signal Command—to deliver quality IT to the European theater.1
- IT – refers to the full spectrum of our products and services (networks, systems, voice, data, VTC, capabilities, etc.)
- Delivered – refers to our responsibility to provide these products and services, and conveys the message of these things being complete and finished. It relates to our ownership of the problems and solutions.
- Functional – means that our services are relevant and provide value to our customers.
- Reliable – means that our services are always available, and that our customer service is responsive and effective.
- Secure – means that our systems and data are protected from loss or threat.
Our mission is to “build, operate, defend, and extend network capabilities to enable mission command and create tactical, operational, and strategic flexibility for Army, Joint, and Multi-national forces in the EUCOM and AFRICOM areas of responsibility.”
Unit 29800 Box 90
APO AE 09005-9800
Headquarters, 5th Signal Command was constituted in the Regular Army and activated in Germany on July 1, 1974. The Command traces its original heritage to the U.S. Army Signal Command, Europe, organized under USAREUR General Order dated March 20, 1958, which consolidated military communications in the European Theater. It consisted of the 4th and 516th Signal Groups and 102nd Signal Battalion supporting Army Group, Central Europe; North Atlantic Treaty Organization; USAREUR; and other elements in Europe as directed.
The organization expanded from 1961 to 1964, adding 22nd and 106th Signal Groups, with theater responsibilities extending from Belgium, through France and Germany, to Italy. The effort to meet the challenges of rapid growth in technology and communications prompted the birth of U.S. Army Strategic Communications Command in Washington, D.C., in March 1964. Its role was to manage the Army's portion of military global communications. A group of sub-commands evolved from USSTRATCOM, the first of which was STRATCOM-Europe, established July 1, 1964, in Schwetzingen, Germany.